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You can choose to enter any wave. If you want to compete for an overall winner or a category prize, you must enter Wave 1  when you sign up for this event.

We cannot facilitate any wave changes after you have entered this event, so please make sure to sign up for your preferred wave when you enter. If your preferred wave is sold out, it will no longer be visible online, and you must choose an alternative wave.

If the Wave 1  wave has sold out online and you are an elite competitor wishing to compete in this event, please email us at info@gaelforceevents.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Competitors must be 18 years or over on event day to take part in Gaelforce West.

You can enter the day before this event at either bike drop location (Westport & Killary Adventure Centre), although it is much better value to enter in advance!

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If you want to compete for an overall winner or a category prize, you must enter Wave 1 when you sign up for this event. Or be in the first start with Wave 1 on the day of the event.

Registration for this event is by post.

Your Race Number will be posted out 9 days before the event takes place. Please make sure that we have your correct postal address. Your race number will also be sent by text to your phone and published on our website in the days before the event.

International competitors and late entrants can collect their Race Number at the information desk at the bike drop locations.

If your Race Number doesn’t arrive, don’t worry, you can collect one at the information desk at the bike drop area on the Friday night before the event.

Gaelforce Events does NOT operate any bike hire for this event. You must bring your own bike.

This event now takes place on all sealed roads (there is no off road section, only 8km on a small country road), so a road bike or hybrid bike is best.

Only one bike can be used by each competitor. Changing bikes during the event is not allowed. Aerobars are not allowed and must be taken off for the event.

The key element for most participants using road bikes (racers) is tyre pressure - pressure should be between 110-120psi. Check the side wall of the tyre to make sure it can take that much pressure. For those using Hybrid Bikes, tyre pressure should be approximately 70psi or more. Not pumping tyres hard enough is a common mistake.

We would recommend Continental Gator Skins followed by Specialised Armadillos. A cheaper option is Rubines. Make sure you also know how to change a tyre and have a bike repair kit and spare tubes with you.

You can drop your bike off yourself at Killary Adventure Centre, or you can pre-book our bike transfer service from Westport when you sign up for this event. Detailed information about drop-off locations will be emailed to all competitors before the event.

You will need to sign a Bike Transfer Waiver to use the bike transfer service. Please complete this form and bring it with you when you drop off your bike. No form, no bike transfer!

This is an unsupported race. Spectators may not provide assistance to competitors, e.g., food, drinks or technical help, unless you have agreed with the Race Director in advance. You must bring everything you need with you. Contact us to discuss your options if you require support on event day.

If you don’t make the cut off time at the halfway point you will be short-coursed back to the finish line. TBC

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This includes transfers to other years, events or competitors. Please make sure that you can commit to both the event and the training before you enter one of our events. Read our Booking Terms & Conditions.

Announcements of any cancellation/postponement in advance will be emailed to the address you provided when you entered the event. Please ensure that you have provided your correct email address. Notice will also be posted on this website and on our social media.

Gaelforce Events, at its sole discretion may delay, modify, or cancel this event if conditions or natural or man-made emergencies make administering the event unreasonably difficult or unsafe.

“Emergency" is defined as any event beyond our control, including but not limited to high wind, extreme rain or hail, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, acts of terrorism, fire, threatened or actual strike, labour difficulty or work stoppage, insurrection, war, public disaster, and unavoidable casualty. In the event of a delay, modification, or cancellation of this event as described in this paragraph, participants will not be entitled to a refund of their entry fee, or any other costs incurred in connection with this event.

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